Punjab zero hour assembly: SAD files a complaint against Captain Jakhar for father-son suicide
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Tuesday requested the registration of a complaint against Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar and Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa in the suicide of a father-son duo riddled with debt in the state.
Raising the issue of farm debt during the state assembly zero hour on the second day of the budget session, SAD MP Bikram Singh Majithia said the farmer-son duo committed suicide because of the state government failure to give up its farm loan. “In their suicide notes, the duo said their loan was from a cooperative society, but the state government had not waived it,” he said, showing copies of the suicide notes. left by father and son.
The father-son duo from Mahadipur village, Hoshiarpur district, committed suicide last month by consuming poison to protest the central government’s attitude to the agitation of farmers, in addition to blaming the government from Punjab for not giving up their loan.
Akali lawmaker said the Congressional government promised to forgo loans farmers took from banks, co-ops and financial institutions, but their loan was not canceled. “The government as well as Congress should be held accountable for this,” he said. Accusing Congress of deceiving farmers, he demanded the registration of a case against the chief minister and Jakhar. He also sought government employment for a family member of the duo.
Need to maintain the decorum of the house: Sandhu
Kharar MP Kanwar Sandhu stressed the need to maintain the decorum of the House, drawing attention to the cries of slogans and protests from members during the governor’s speech on the opening day of the session.
He said copies of the governor’s speech were torn up, some members were cycling to the state assembly and there were other protests. “Isn’t there a difference between what happens outside and inside the house? There should be decorum in the House. What are we trying to show? The suspended AAP lawmaker said, pointing to newspaper headlines on Monday’s deliberations. Members of the Treasury Banks tapped their desks to appreciate his suggestion.
Request for an investigation into the Mohali land agreement
Opposition leader Harpal Singh Cheema also called for an investigation into the auction of 31 acres of prime land by a liquidated private company, JCT, in Mohali (SAS Nagar) where the government had primary rights. Calling it a scam, he said the land had been sold to private companies for ₹92 crore while its market value was around ₹400 crores. There was some involvement of some officers and concessionaires in this transaction and the state government needed to look into the matter, he demanded, raising the controversial land deal.
During zero hour, SAD MP Harinder Pal Singh Chandumajra called the attention of the House to the worsening financial crisis at Punjabi University, Patiala.